Read below to learn more about the fishing experts that make Fishing International your premier fishing travel agency. If you want to experience your dream fishing vacation, we have the tools and experience to get you there.
Capt. Bill Hutchinson
President & CEO
Bill Hutchinson has been fly fishing for over 35 years throughout his native California for Salmon, Steelhead, Trout, and Striped Bass. He has traveled and fished in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, the Florida Keys, the Carolinas, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Brazil, Honduras, Columbia, Peru, and Puerto Rico. He is a licensed California fishing guide and holds a valid Coast Guard Captain’s license. He is the founder of Pacific Fly Fishing guide services. Prior to Fishing International, Bill enjoyed a 30+ year-long career in the securities and banking industry.
Bob Nauheim 1934 – 2005
In 1974, Bob founded Fishing International, a pioneering adventure travel agency specializing in sports fishing. His favorite river was the Russian River in Northern California and he spent many seasons, from the 1950’s on, fishing for steelhead and salmon with his great friends Bill Schadt and Russ Chatham.
He was a contributing editor to Outdoor Life and Angler magazines, he founded the Russian River Fly Fishing Club, invented the bonefish fly “Crazy Charlie” and help to pioneer the development of Costa Rica, Christmas Island, new Zealand, Venezuela and other countries into ultimate fishing destinations. Click here to learn more about Bob, a true fly flishing legend.
Frank Bertaina 1944 – 2010
Frank and Bob Nauheim started Fishing International together in 1974 and traveled the world Fly Fishing.
Frank was the most written up Athlete in the San Francisco Chronicle during his High School years. The left-hander was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent before the 1961 season and played for the Orioles (1964-1967, 1969), Washington Senators (1968-1969), and St. Louis Cardinals (1970).
Frank also was one of the most quoted “celebrities” in the recent movie – Rivers of a Lost Coast. Frank’s favorite quote was “Get your casts in while you can.” He was the best fisheries “analyst” I ever met.
From Lava Creek Lodge to San Francisco Bay, the Delta, Davis Lake, Lake Mendocino, Russian River, Gualala, Tomales Bay, the Pacific Ocean, the Florida Keys and beyond – Frank was a great teacher to me. I am grateful for is friendship and generosity – his memory an influence will be with me forever. Click here to learn more about Frank.